University of Huddersfield - Fashion and Textiles PhD

University of Huddersfield

Fashion and Textiles PhD

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. This programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge.

A PhD is a three year full time or six year part time programme of research, culminating in the production of a large-scale piece of work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 80,000 words. We also accept applications for PhD projects which are practice-orientated and which include portfolio submissions. Practice submissions have written components. You will receive guidance from your supervisory team as to the percentage equivalents between the practice and written elements of your research project.

Completing a PhD can give you a great sense of personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills which will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contributing to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, guided reading or a combination of study methods).

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.

Entry Requirements

  • A Master’s degree or an Honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or appropriate research, or
  • professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.
  • IELTS is 6.0 overall with the written element at least 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

Career Prospects

Career opportunities after completing Fashion and Textiles

  • Fashion designer.
  • Retail buyer.
  • Merchandiser.
  • Fashion journalist.
  • Fashion PR.
  • Product manager.
  • Stylist.
  • Patternmaker.

Course Details

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below examples of research areas


Research Topics

A topic of your choice related directly to Fashion Design, Fashion Business, Textiles Design, Costume or Design Technologies within the context of Fashion and Textiles
All Aspects of Fashion and Textiles
Clothing repair & maintenance
Fibre and Fabric Dyeing and Functionalisation to Achieve Sustainability Within the Textile Industry
Fundamental and Applied Research on Composite and Fibre-reinforced composite
Fundamental and Applied Research on Medical Textiles
Laundry practices and the environment
Multidisciplinary approaches to practice based research, in the areas of textiles, fashion and interiors.
Pro-environmental garment use practices
Public engagement with pro-environmental [sustainable] garment use
Revitalising the Craft of Knitting
Sustainable Fashion & Textiles Practice
Sustainable Trend Forecasting
Sustainable fashion: Garment use
Textile-based artistic practice
The history and culture of European dress, fashion, or costume since c.1750.

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